Parker elected free agency Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Parker was one of very few reliable options in a historically bad Phillies bullpen last season, posting a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings. His strikeout rate jumped more than 10 points to a career-best 36.2 percent, though that came with a jump in walk rate to 13.0 percent. It's clear he still has something to offer teams even at age 35, so there should be a fair amount of interest in the veteran righty and his career 3.52 ERA.
Parker struck out three over two perfect innings as the opener in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
He didn't factor into the decision, an eventual 5-3 loss, but Parker gave the Phillies every opportunity to seize an early lead. The veteran right-hander has been one of the few bright spots in the team's bullpen this season, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB over 12.2 innings.
Parker will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Parker hasn't lasted more than two innings in any of his relief appearances this season, but he'll make his first start of the season in Friday's matinee. While the right-hander has been largely effective this season, it's unclear how many pitches he'll be able to throw in his start.
Parker (2-0) walked one in a scoreless 11th inning to get the win over the Braves on Friday.
Parker entered the game in the 11th and quickly found himself in a jam with two men on and nobody out after walking Ender Inciarte to lead off the inning. He got Austin Riley to fly out before J.T. Realmuto caught Inciarte trying to steal second. Parker escaped after Adeiny Hechavarria fouled out to third to end the scoring chance. Parker has been solid for the Phillies this year, as he has yet to allow an earned run in 7.1 innings, and he should continue to get plenty of high-leverage opportunities.
Parker (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three to earn the win Tuesday versus the Red Sox.
Parker relieved starter Zach Eflin during the fifth inning with the Phillies down by two runs. In the sixth, the offense exploded for seven runs, and Parker was in for the win. The 35-year-old righty hasn't allowed a run across 4.1 innings this season, racking up seven strikeouts in his three appearances.
Parker's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday.
The Phillies shook up their struggling bullpen Tuesday, removing Nick Pivetta and Trevor Kelley from the active roster and replacing them with Parker and Connor Brogdon. There are very few reliable arms behind Hector Neris in the Phillies' pen, so Parker could presumably have the chance to add to his 34 career saves at some point this season, though he's hardly high-leverage material at this point, as he posted a mediocre 4.55 ERA and a 5.07 FIP last year.
Parker will be part of the Phillies' 60-man player pool this season.
Parker returned to Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee in February after spending the final two months with the team in 2019. While he's yet to be added to the 40-man roster, he could still play a role at some point, but he's unlikely to handle high-leverage duties given that his ERA and FIP slipped to 4.55 and 5.07, respectively, in his age-34 season last year.
Parker signed with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee Wednesday.
Parker became a free agent in November after refusing an outright assignment to the minors with Philadelphia. The 34-year-old spent time with both the Phillies and Twins last season, accumulating a 4.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and a 65:22 K:BB across 61.1 innings pitched. The veteran reliever owns a modest 3.56 ERA across seven major-league seasons and will try to impress the Phillies' coaching staff enough this spring to find a spot in the team's bullpen on opening day.
Parker became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to the minors.
Parker saved 10 games early in the season for the Twins, but it wasn't a great year overall for the 34-year-old, who finished with a 4.55 ERA. He'll be looking for a new team this winter.
Parker is opening Sunday's game against the Marlins.
He has a 5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11 innings over 10 appearances this month. Enyel De Los Santos seems like a logical candidate to work as the primary pitcher.
Parker will serve as the opener for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Parker is expected to toss the first inning or two before handing the ball to the bulk reliever, though the Phillies have yet to reveal who will fill that role. The right-hander owns a 4.40 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with a 60:22 K:BB over 57.1 innings this season.
Parker threw two scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the White Sox, striking out four batters while not allowing a single baserunner.
Parker kept the game tied in the 10th and 11th innings, retiring all six batters he faced without allowing a ball to leave the infield. He's now struck out six batters in three innings since joining the Phillies.
Parker signed a major-league contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Parker was designated for assignment by the Twins on Wednesday, and after declining a minor-league assignment, he elected free agency. His trip to the open market didn't last long, however, as he managed to ink a big-league contract just a day after becoming a free agent. Parker has posted a 4.21 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 36.1 innings this season.
Parker declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
The Twins retained Parker's rights after he went unclaimed off waivers, but the right-hander's five-plus years of MLB service time allow him to refuse the minor-league assignment. Parker had served as the Twins' closer for a period earlier in the season and notched 10 saves in 11 chances, but his poor underlying numbers (5.35 FIP, 11.5 K-BB%) ultimately resulted in him moving into a low-leverage role before Minnesota cut bait. The 34-year-old seems unlikely to resurface as a meaningful bullpen piece again in 2019, but he at least shouldn't have to wait long to find work elsewhere.
Parker was designated for assignment Wednesday.
He contributed to giving away Tuesday's classic game against the Yankees by surrendering four runs while recording just one out, and that was apparently the final straw. Parker has a 7.11 ERA and 1.79 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over his last 19 innings, but did tally 10 saves earlier in the year before losing the job to Taylor Rogers.
Parker was activated off the paternity list Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker landed on the paternity list last week and also took advantage of the All-Star break to attend the birth of his child. The 34-year-old split save chances with Taylor Rogers through the first half of the season and that figures to continue out of the break.
Parker was placed on the paternity list Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker will step away from the team for a few days to attend the birth of his child. The 34-year-old can spend up the three days on the paternity list and seems likely to rejoin the team after the All-Star break. Kohl Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to bolster the Twins' bullpen depth.
Parker picked up his 10th save of the season Saturday against the Royals, striking out two in a scoreless 10th inning.
Parker brought the tying run to the plate after hitting Alex Gordon to open the inning, but two strikeouts and a popout finished the game off without incident. Parker's 10 saves give him a one-save advantage over Taylor Rogers for the team lead, though his 4.10 ERA can't compare with Rogers' 2.12 mark.
Parker (personal) was reinstated from the Family Medical Emergency List on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker was placed on the list Wednesday, but he missed just three games while away from the team. Kohl Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
Parker isn't expected to be away for the full seven days of his family medical emergency leave, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Without getting too far into it, I heard from Blake today," manager Rocco Baldelli said, "and he said everything seemed to be going well, and we should see him back here soon."
Parker was placed on the list Wednesday and must sit out for a minimum of three days. It sounds like he could return Sunday or early next week.
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